The West Virginia University School of Pharmacy is urging people to establish a relationship with their pharmacists and speak with them about any medication questions they may have.
Michelle Dasher, a third-year pharmacist student from Elkins, decided to pursue a career in pharmacy because she wants to help patients and be an important member of their healthcare team.
"The focus of American Pharmacists Month is 'Know your pharmacist, know your medicine,'" Dasher said. "As a student pharmacist, I know that maintaining strong relationships with patients is one of the most important parts of a pharmacist's job. For this to happen, we have to establish an open and honest communication with our patients."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Health, United States, 2012 report, 10.6 percent of Americans are using five or more prescription drugs.
The number of medications a person is taking can increase the likelihood of drug interactions or confusion in when and how to take medications.
"Patients must realize that pharmacists are there for their benefit," Charles Ponte, Pharm.D., professor in the WVU Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, said. "To get the best outcome for your treatment, you need to talk to your pharmacist. They are the medication experts and are best equipped to answer your questions."